During November each year, Movember is responsible for the broken relationships between men and their razors. Donning their moustaches, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men's health - specifically prostate cancer.
Since its humble beginnings in Melbourne, Australia, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.9 Million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to participate with formal campaigns in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada, the UK, South Africa, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and the Czech Republic. In addition, Movember is aware of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas supporting the campaign and men’s health cause across the globe, from Russia to Dubai, Hong Kong to Antarctica, Rio de Janeiro to Mumbai, and everywhere in between.
No matter the country or city, Movember will continue to work to change established habits and attitudes men have about their health, to educate men about the health risks they face, and to act on that knowledge, thereby increasing the chances of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment.
In 2012, over 1.1 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world joined the movement, raising 147 Million USD.
Big steps have been taken towards changing attitudes and habits relating to men’s health around the world, but there is still much to be done to catch up with the women’s health movement.
Via the moustache, Movember aims to fulfill its vision of having an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health by continuing to spark conversation and spread awareness of men’s health issues each year.
Want to participate? Great! One of our teams would love to have you join us.
Register at one of the links below!
You will get weekly reminders to upload progression pictures of your moustaches to our Movember Gallery
Can't grow your own stache? Fear not! Download an emergency stache here!
Print it out and decorate it as you see fit and then upload pictures of you with your new funky stache to our Movember Gallery
. Print out and customize a bunch and put them on EVERYTHING! Let's spread the word by stache-ing the world! Stache your cat, your car.. the opportunities are endless
Don't have a printer? No problem! Cut one out of paper, create a stache with things in your house, get creative and upload your creations!
Change your deviantART ID using our Movember Stache Templates!
Each one has a set of instructions but before you fret you don't have photoshop, these work in deviantART muro
! Simply click on the template you love the most and the instructions for use are in the description
Upload to the deviantART ID
gallery and set your deviantART ID to your new Stache'd self!
Use our Movember Journal skin
created by marioluevanos
and help us spread the word! Feature awesome moustache artwork or important information about the Movember movement. Or simply use the journalskin for your personal journal through the month of November to show your support
Feeling crafty? Create your own glorious moustache and submit it to our Craft a Moustache Contest
- Contest starts November 1st and ends November 30, 2013 at 11:59:59 Pacific time!
On November 1st check out the drawplz forum
for activities and stay tuned for upcoming chat events!
The funds that Movember raises are invested in programs that address the strategic priorities Movember has identified, related to both prostate and testicular cancer.
Globally, fighting prostate cancer continues to be Movember’s highest priority. There are still many issues to be addressed, particularly when it comes to diagnosis - a key focus for many Movember funded research programs. Today, there still isn't a test that accurately tells a man which type of prostate cancer he has, resulting in many men being over-diagnosed and having to undergo unnecessary and harmful treatment. Equally important to Movember are Survivorship programs. Diagnosis is just the first step in a man's prostate cancer journey; Survivorship is the next and these programs can have a dramatic impact on the quality of life of men and their families and carers; they can mean the difference between men living a meaningful, quality life and just living.
In Australia, New Zealand and Canada, male mental health is the other priority area. As a community we are only now beginning to fully understand the devastating impact and cost of mental illness. The loss of life, particularly young men’s lives, as a result of depression is disturbing. For men living with depression, being able to fully participate in work and family activities is often a great challenge.
The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by the Movember Foundation and our men’s health partners in each country. Together, the channels work to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with our strategic goals, in the areas of Awareness & Education, Survivorship and Research.
With funds raised by the Movember community, we're working hard to have a real impact.
If you are wanting to donate, please check out the following links:
Mo Donate (US)
Mo Donate (Canada)
If you're already participating and aren't able to join one of our teams, that's totally ok! We still love you and support all of your efforts. Please leave your page information and link in the comments below so we can help promote your page as well
Thank you for being awesome and sporting the stache. Please also upload your progression pictures to our Movember Gallery
A Personal Message
I annually raise money and awareness for Women's health and I'm proud of those efforts but after reading the statistics and understanding the Movember movement, I am all in. This movement needs voices and action and I love the idea behind the moustache because it adds a fun twist to the serious topics of Prostate Cancer and Mental Health - it gets people talking. However, I find some hesitation to participate because spouses or girlfriends are unsupportive of the 'grow a moustache' movement and I have heard everything from threats to outright refusal for their significants to participate.
The next part of what I'm about to say is to those women. I will pause for a minute while you gather them so they can read this.
I have spent two decades of my life personally raising over $80,000 to raise awareness and support research to save all of your womanly parts. Your boyfriend, spouse, casual fling, is making a pledge to ensure that we help raise awareness and support research to protect their manly parts and those of your brothers, your fathers, your sons and your nephews. Growing facial hair for a month should not end a relationship, dying from Cancer on the other hand, most certainly does.
For the rest of the women out there, there are a whole lot of sensitive, caring and supportive men who are participating in this event and need your love, care and attention. If you see someone with a weird moustache during November, I encourage you to smile at them and cheer them on.
Let's be clear on the facts:
- The average life expectancy for men is four to five years less than women.
- 1 in 4 Canadians are expected to die from cancer.
- 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
- In 2013, 26,500 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in men and 4,000 will lose their battle.
- 1 in 4 cancer patients experience clinical depression
- Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in Canadian men between the ages of 15 and 29.
- While not as common, men can get breast cancer. About 200 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed among men and about 55 men will die from the disease.
- More than 75,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed each year in Canada.
- 1 in 5 of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness each year
- Four times as many men commit suicide compared with women
In the United States
- 1 in 2 men, and 1 in 3 women, will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
- 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime.
- Over 238,000 new cases of the disease will be diagnosed and almost 30,000 men will die of prostate cancer in 2013.
- Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in males between the ages of 15 and 35.
- 7,920 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer and 370 will die in 2013.
- While not as common, men can get breast cancer. About 2,240 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed among men and about 410 men will die from the disease in 2013.
- More than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year.
- Over 6 million men are diagnosed with depression each year.
- Almost four times as many males as females die by suicide.
- 24% of men are less likely to go to the doctor compared to women.
These numbers are unacceptable. Did you know that each Movember moustache grown in 2012 sparked a total of 2,413 conversations around men’s health? Those are conversations that absolutely needed to happen! So let's support our men and stand behind their silly stache's! Just like they stand behind us when we support things they don't fully understand.
Not fully sold on the idea? Watch this hilarious parody for some inspiration!